A number of Sheffield United players are out of contract this summer and there could be some big changes depending on the division United find themselves in.
Paul Heckingbottom has spoken about new contracts for players already. He’s said he’s instructed the board on those he’d like to keep hold but at the same time, admitted it isn’t down to him to get deals done. With that, it seems to be a case of waiting and seeing.
The Yorkshire Post this week published a list of 12 players (not including loans) who are coming to the end of their contracts with the Blades this summer. Among them are first-team regulars, young players, and a few who might have seen their best days.
With that, it could very much mean only a few players are given new contracts. We’ve looked at who’s out of contract and given our thoughts on who stays, who goes, and who’s somewhere in the middle.
Ones To Keep
Oli Norwood – The first no-brainer in terms of keeping. Norwood has been outstanding and will be a useful player at both Championship and Premier League level next season.
Oli McBurnie – On current form especially, McBurnie is another no-brainer. He’s done it to an extent at PL level and is more than capable in the Championship.
Wes Foderingham – Another in the ‘keep’ category. Whether that be as number one or as a solid back up to a new face, Foderingham has earned his stripes at United.
Touch And Go
Jordan Amissah – The young goalkeeper has been the number two to Wes Foderingham this season with Adam Davies out injured. He’s in boat of being one who could stay or go, really. A lot could depend on the division we’re in, with a new number one likely if we’re promoted.
Femi Seriki – The full-back is highly-rated at United and a lot will depend how his loan spell goes this season. One to possibly keep, even if it is a long-term project.
Billy Sharp – Another stalwart, Sharp loves the club and a lot will come down to how he feels. A player/coach role has always been tipped by fans. It’s hard to see him elsewhere, albeit the club does need to move on eventually.
Ben Osborn – Some fans love ‘Ozzie’, but he’s not a first-team regular. Like Robinson, he could be handy at this level but there’ll be better available in the top flight.
Kyron Gordon – Yet to really make a big mark at first-team level, he’s in a similar boat to Jordan Amissah.
Jack Robinson – Could be handy to have if we are in the Championship but if the Blades go up, you’d expected Robinson to be moved on and a replacement signed.
Enda Stevens – One of the best left-backs the club has ever seen, sadly, it looks like Stevens’ time might be up. Injuries, lack of form, and younger players lining up behind him to play means he could be moved on.
John Fleck – We mentioned this yesterday, but like Stevens, Fleck might have had his best days at the club. A new deal seems unlikely, especially if United go up.
Jack O’Connell – Sadly, O’Connell just doesn’t look like he’s coming back. A role in the backroom team could open up if the worst happens and he has to retire.